PAPER VIEW. AA Gill/Phoenix, £8.99.
FEARED television critic Gill has a go at cops, doctors, actors, sci-fi, the Teletubbies, cookery programmes and even Batman in this acerbic and engaging collection.
He advocates a new TV programme, Celebrity Boxing, promising to buy a new ‘telly to view a bout’ featuring Julian Clary and Paul O’Grady. He speaks of the futility of watching the Olympics at 3.30am, declaring: “I’ve spent four hours watching small blank-faced Eastern European girls covered in chalk jumping over furniture.” He saves perhaps his most cutting jibe for the ‘stars’ who appear on Celebrity Fit Club: “This was celebrity archaeology ... these were people who had been dug up from so deep in the mid of collective unconscious that even their parents would not have remembered them”.
It’s as sharp as a whip.